The final fall episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, with its sad and somewhat surprising ending, drew a solid 6.6 million viewers, the most since the season debut of 7.3 million.
The horror/drama, which was shot primarily on the southside of metro Atlanta for season two, has averaged more than 6 million viewers on Sunday nights, by far the most for any AMC show and the best of any scripted cable show this fall.
Critics have griped at times that the show hasn’t moved quickly enough, doesn’t involve enough zombies and hasn’t fully developed all its major characters. The Atlantic also says scenes are repeated too often, the writers should fill in blanks by using more flashbacks and give lead guy Rick Grimes more to do.
Fans have appreciated the more leisurely second season pace and the moral ambiguities of Shane, who has become the most interesting character so far with his mercenary/realist philosophy. His need to survive by shooting Otis to save Carl was the type of tough choices that makes the show interesting.
Hershel Greene’s farm has been home to the survivors since the second episode. How much longer after the shoot-out at the zombie corral at the end of episode seven is very much in question. The actor Scott Wilson who plays Hershel was still involved in the show episode 10 when I interviewed him a few weeks ago so my sense is they aren’t leaving immediately.
Hershel wanted to believe the zombies were merely “sick” and not mindless predators with no more real brain power going on besides killing humans. Once Shane knew he was keeping them in that barn, he brought the guns and the survivors dust the zombies one by one, ending with Rick shooting Sophia, the missing child. She had been bitten and rounded up by Otis before the Grimes & Co. had even arrived.
Part two of season two begins in February. And season three is already guaranteed.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk